Haveli Dhayan Singh – deserted and in ruins

Haveli Dhayan Singh

There are many remnants of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s era and one of them is Haveli Dhayan Singh which is located inside Sheran Wala Gate. This building belonged to Raja Dhayan Singh Dorga (1761-1843), a very prominent figure in Ranjit Singh’s court who was very instrumental and rose to power from a trooper to chamberlain. He ultimately served as one of the prime ministers of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s court.

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Raja Dhayan Singh was a very prominent figure and he has a very strong influence which can be gauged from the fact that for constructing and making way for this haveli, small houses on around 60 kanals were demolished. Currently this haveli has been reduced to 2 kanals only. This haveli took several years to complete and the original structure included a female section on the right side and a male section of the left side, some stunning lobbies and reception areas.

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There are underground chambers in the court for the public gatherings and in one of these chambers, Hira Singh, son of Dhayan Singh was killed by Sikhs. IN the British era, this haveli was occupied by Maharaja Gulab Singh and it was later used as a large unit by British for official work. It was later turned into Government College in 1864 and Sir Ganga Ram also attended this college.

Now a days this haveli is under the supervision of Education Department and it is now known as Fatima Jinnah College for women.


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